Our Safari Guides

TERRY ANDERS

guideterryTerry, born in Mutare, Zimbabwe, spent his childhood in Gweru – a small town right in the middle of the country. His father was an avid fisherman and taught his boys from a young age the value of nature and how to survive in the bush. After leaving school he was afforded an apprenticeship with a prominent operator and tourism visionary who inspired Terry to progress a career in guiding.

Sometimes controversial, it was during this apprenticeship that Terry forged a great interest in elephant and began the first-ever elephant swims in the country.

His career comprises more than 15 years as professional guide as well as management of various leading safari camps throughout the country. Shortly after he was married in a beautiful bush ceremony in 2007 during his employment as manager of Somalisa camp in Hwange National Park, he was offered the opportunity to start his own safari business and in 2008 he launched the luxury mobile tented & walking safari operation that is now Forever African Safaris.

Terry has a deep love of Zimbabwe and is passionate about preserving it as a premier safari destination. It is his great joy to share this bush life with his guests and afford them their own true African adventure in his beautiful country.


DOUG MACDONALD

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Doug was born in Zimbabwe in 1969 and comes from a family, which has strong ties and history on the continent of Africa. His Grandfather’s Sister and Husband were some of the early adventurers that joined with Cecil John Rhodes to help colonize Zimbabwe in the late 1800’s with his Grandfather and Grandmother joining soon after, who also were keen adventurers and came prospecting for gold in those early “Gold Rush” days. His Grandfather was also one of the first people to canoe down the Zambezi River from the Sanyati River through into Mozambique in his quest to find minerals.

Doug’s Father is also like minded and spent much of his young adulthood hunting and prospecting for minerals and then teaching some of this bush craft to Doug and his two brothers. It was from here that Doug developed his early passion for the African Bush as much of school holiday time was spent in the bush on family holidays.

Doug first joined the safari industry in 1989 working in Hwange National Park at the Hwange Safari Lodge while completing his college degree in Hotel and Catering Management. Once completed he began working on Spurwing Island in the Matusadona National Park where he then concentrated on achieving his Zimbabwe Professional Guides License which he passed in 1997 and where he married his wife Angela, they have two sons together, Dean and Murray.

Doug has travelled and guided through many countries and wild places in Africa and it is this knowledge and experience of the African continent and its fascinating wildlife that he brings to your Safari experience to make it as interesting and exciting as possible.


SAMUEL MAGWAI

guidesamSamuel Magwai, to us, Sam, was born 1977 in Chiredzi in the lowveld area of Zimbabwe. He fell in love with nature in his boyhood when he would stay with his father who worked in wildlife areas, Sam spent his time playing in the bush and learning about the ways of the wild by living in it. Determined to persue a career in conservation and tourism, he secured a voluntary attachment for four years as learner guide with prominent safari operators in the lowveld. He earned his guiding licence in 2005 and never looked back. His experience includes canoe safaris, hiking safaris, horseback safaris, 4×4 safaris and walking safaris. A personal highlight was his 3 year term in Matopos National Park where he guided for a prominent operator, studying the history and culture of that area, and hiking in the Matobo hills. Aside from his personal motivation to excel as a guide he is passionate facilitating the link between people and nature, playing an educational role in promoting conservation alongside tourism and rural development, ever respectful of the wild without interference of its natural cycles of life.

STEVE BOLNICK

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Steve Bolnick is recognised as one of southern Africa’s outstanding safari guides. He grew up with a deep love for the African bush and has spent the past 30+ years living and guiding in southern Africa. Steve has trained aspiring guides in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe and has led research safaris for the WWF and Washington University. Between guiding he has acquired three university degrees in related subjects. His passion is foot-safaris in big game country and he is certified as a specialist guide.

Steve is deeply involved in conservation and believes that the future of Africa’s exceptional wildlife heritage depends upon the involvement of the rural people who live in close contact with it. He therefore works with rural communities to try and ensure that they benefit from the sustainable management of their natural resources. He established the NGO Community Conservation Ecotourism and Development, and established and directed the Chizarira Community Conservation Programme and Chizarira Anti-Poaching Unit.

His years of experience qualify Steve to design, arrange and lead safaris for the most discerning guests and his licensing allows him to personally guide these guests in several African countries.


RAYMOND NDLOVU

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The son of a game ranger, Raymond was born and raised in Hwange National Park. It hwas here that he was inspired to capitalize on his deep love of nature and take his passion into profession, studying to become a Professional Guide under Zimbabwe’s stringent training program.

Now an accomplished guide and bush fanatic, he has more than 20 years of guiding experience to his credit, working within 8 safari camps in different areas in Zimbabwe.

Drawing on the experience he has gained over the 20+ years Raymond love to shares his knowledge of the wild and will ensure an enriching safari experience for his guests.


SIMEON JOSIAH

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Simeon is a Professional Guide with 15 years industry experience. His love of wildlife and outdoors started during the days when he was a boy scout living in a little resort town of Kariba in Northern Zimbabwe. He grew up in a rustic town where game would walk around the streets where he lived and their presences was a part of his every day life. As a child he and his friends would go camping in tiny dome tents with the boy scouts – little did he know back then this would be the prelude to his future vocation!

Today he has achieved a remarkable knowledge of flora and fauna. The rich African heritage afforded him from his childhood days in the wild coupled with his professional training as an adult make him inspirational on safari. Simeon’s gentle enthusiasm is delightful on safari. He lives and breathes the bush and his deep routed passion is plain to see: ‘it is my privilege and honour to share my culture and explore the unspoilt wilderness of Africa with my guests’.


ZULU MASEKO

Zulu Maseko was born at Fatima Mission Hospital in the rural areas of Lupane in Matabeleland – north Zimbabwe. In Africa names hold great significance and Zulu is proud to have a name representative of the great Zulu tribe of South Africa – proud nation, renown for their strength and bravery. Prior to commencing his career as a profesional guide in 1996 Zulu’s interest in conservation and tourism was first sparked when he lived with his sister who was the Chief Warden of Zimparks at the time. His family association led him into opportunities in Zambezi National Park, Hwange National Park and Matopos National Park. Zulu has guided extensively in his home country, Zimbabwe, but his experience also extends to guiding in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and in his home country in Zimbabwe.Zulu’s innate love of wildlife and nature is obvious when you meet him but meeting dfferent people from around the world to learn of their diverse cultures and to share his with them is also what led him to choose to be a guide. Zulu says it is the greatest privilege to do what you love, because you’ll do it with all your heart and soul. It seems his wanderlust is infectious as he tells us ” am the father of two young boys and I can see they have also caught my ‘nature disease’ :)”

ANDY TRIVELLA

guideandy Andy’s commanding presence, direct approach, down to earth nature and penchant for adventure earned him an affectionate title amongst the locals – they call him ‘Lobengula’ after the famous chief and last king of the Matabele people. Andy walks barefooted most of the time and often enjoys sleeping out under the stars. He really knows Africa and the ways of the wild and if you are lucky enough to be on safari with him you can expect to be immersed in the same. He has a great sense of humour that he puts to good use on safari and guests can expect a true African adventure with a relaxed and competent guide.